Themes for Inquiry

Big Blue Summer themes excite campers and create new memories each week. This summer, they’ll also expand on our Honor C.O.D.E. by encouraging campers to explore and develop skills required to become leaders in the modern world. As described in a recent American Camping Association blog, these “soft skills” are a major component of camp learning. And BBSDC is aiming to bring these skills into sharper focus this summer.

For example, Animals Week returns this year with a new focus on listening. We’ll explore the many ways animals use their senses to understand the world around them as we practice actively listening to one-another with all of our senses.

These leadership themes also allow for greater flexibility in our special activity schedule. You may see water slides make an appearance more than once this summer, and brand new special activities - from a live game show, to a mini film festival - will add to the excitement.

Our full list of learning themes build from a focus on the camper’s individual strength to skills that create effective and productive communities: Growth, Listening, Flexibility, Communication, Teamwork, Ingenuity and Confidence. Whether you join us for the full learning arc, or pop in for a week or two, we know your camper will take away something more than just memories this year.

How we’re practicing C.O.D.E. this month:
Curiosity - Investigating new special events vendors.
Openness - Applying new ideas from the ACA Camp Conference.
Dedication - Turning Pingry into Camp for a day.
Enthusiasm - Meeting candidates for summer staff positions!

Join BBSDC

We are currently on the lookout for summer staff members who can apply their passion and energy toward creating a summer that lives up to the Pingry name. Whether you want to extend your teaching career into the summer months, or begin your very first job... you may be just who we are looking for!

Big Blue Summer staff includes stand-out faculty, students and alums from within the Pingry community, joined by exceptional teachers and students from our local area. Regardless of where we find them, all BBS staff share Pingry’s values of honor and excellence, along with our summer goals of growth and exploration. We look for staff who are passionate about their areas of expertise, with a genuine interest in working with children and a desire to learn something new. If that sounds like you click Join our Staff now to apply - interviews begin this month, and we don’t want you to miss out!

We have openings for activity specialists, swim instructors, group counselors, and C.I.T.s. Some leadership positions are still available, including Assistant Camp Director and Assistant Aquatics Director roles. We are excited to hear about your talents, interests and experience as we prepare for summer 2018.

How we’re practicing C.O.D.E. this month:

Curiosity - Investigating new special events vendors.
Openness - Applying new ideas from the ACA Camp Conference.
Dedication - Turning Pingry into Camp for a day.
Enthusiasm - Meeting candidates for summer staff positions!